Learning that City Deli in Hillcrest will soon be closing for good, I chose to dine here for lunch today one final time having dined many times in the past until the quality of the food got so bad that I chose other venues. The place was practically empty when I arrived, and I waited almost 5 minutes to be seated. The menu has not changed in years, and I ordered the pastrami on rye and with potato salad. Service was fast and efficient once I was seated. The pastrami was cold and tasteless and served on very stale bread. I had to ask for condiments and the gratis pickles normally set out on the table. The potato salad was actually very good, chunky and tasty. Prices are high for the quality of the food. Well, after 30 years, City Deli will soon be off of the San Diego restaurant scene. Unless you are going for nostalgia, pass this on by and try one of the many new and wonderful places in Hillcrest.
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